Social Work, BDSM And Vampires – Academic Paper

CanadianAssociationOfSocialWorkersA significant academic paper by Dr. DJ Williams pertaining to real vampirism and the vampire community (subculture) has been published in Canadian Social Work; a publication of the Canadian Association of Social Workers.

“Social Work, BDSM and Vampires: Toward Understanding and Empowering People with Non-Traditional Identities”
D.J. Williams, PhD
Canadian Social Work – Volume 15 Number 1, Fall 2013; Pages 10-24


Social workers are obligated to embrace human diversity, challenge social injustice, and work to empower vulnerable populations. Two separate, but somewhat related, law-abiding populations that remain hidden due to legitimate fears of marginalization and oppression, including among social workers, are the BDSM and real vampire communities. In an effort to educate social workers who likely will encounter (whether knowingly or not) individuals with BDSM or vampire identities, this article discusses current scholarly literature on these communities and their practices. Suggestions for empowering people who practice BDSM or vampirism are also provided.

Les travailleurs sociaux ont le devoir de tenir compte de la diversité humaine, de s’attaquer à l’injustice sociale et d’aider les populations vulnérables à se prendre en charge. Deux populations respectueuses des lois, distinctes bien qu’elles aient des caractéristiques communes, vivent dans la clandestinité en raison d’une peur légitime d’être marginalisées et opprimées, notamment par des travailleurs sociaux; il s’agit en l’occurrence la communauté BDSM et celle de vrais vampires. Voulant éduquer les travailleurs sociaux qui (qu’ils en soient conscients ou non) vont vraisemblablement venir en contact avec des personnes dont l’identité est liée au BDSM ou au vampirisme, cet article se penche sur la littérature savante relative à ces communautés et leurs pratiques. On y présente aussi quelques suggestions quant à certains moyens pouvant permettre aux personnes qui s’adonnent au BDSM ou au vampirisme de se prendre en charge.

Plans For October 2013 – A Poll


During The Month Of October I Plan To...

  • Attend A Halloween/Samhain Party Hosted By Close Friends (30%, 20 Votes)
  • Attend A Halloween/Samhain Party Hosted By Public/Company (10%, 7 Votes)
  • Attend A Local Vampire Community-Sponsored Club Event | Ball | Gathering (16%, 11 Votes)
  • Attend A Non-Local Vampire Community-Sponsored Club Event | Ball | Gathering (12%, 8 Votes)
  • Attend A Local Goth/etc.-Sponsored Club Event | Ball | Gathering (12%, 8 Votes)
  • Attend A Non-Local Goth/etc.-Sponsored Club Event | Ball | Gathering (4%, 3 Votes)
  • Attend A Haunted House (21%, 14 Votes)
  • Attend | Take Part In | Perform A Ritual (39%, 26 Votes)
  • Visit A Cemetery (28%, 19 Votes)
  • Have A Set Of Custom Fangs Crafted By A Fangsmith (10%, 7 Votes)
  • Dress Up & Go Trick-Or-Treating (15%, 10 Votes)
  • Carve A Pumpkin Or Decorate Home/Office (37%, 25 Votes)
  • Give Out Candy (25%, 17 Votes)
  • Other: Something Not Listed Above (34%, 23 Votes)
  • I Have No Plans To Attend Or Do Anything Apart From My Normal Routine (16%, 11 Votes)

Total Voters: 67

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Odds & Ends – Academic Papers Online & Upcoming Book

NovaReligioLaycockVampireArticleAcademic Papers Now Available Online:

“Vampires as an Identity Group: Analyzing Causes and Effects of an Introspective Survey by the Vampire Community”
Joseph Laycock, PhD – Nova Religio 14:1 (2010): 4-23

“‘We Are Spirits of Another Sort’: Ontological Rebellion and Religious Dimensions of the Otherkin Community”
Joseph Laycock, PhD – Nova Religio 15:3 (2012): 65-90

Upcoming Book:

Banshees, Werewolves, Vampires, & Other Creatures Of The Night: Facts, Fictions, & First-Hand Accounts
By Varla Ventura – October 1, 2013

Real Vampire Community Discussed On Pages 126-127 & 210-213


August 2013 In Review

DulleGriet-PieterBruegelTheElder-1562Vampire Community News (VCN) – August 2013 In Review

Mermaids Are Officially Cooler Than Vampires, & That’s Great For Women – The Atlantic
August 1, 2013

Lawyers, Doctors, Bloodsuckers: The Real Vampires Of New York City… And Their Fangsmith – Vocativ
August 6, 2013

Judge Bans Vampire Voyeurism For Rape Suspect
August 9, 2013

City Of Bath College – Vampires Course
August 12, 2013

Haunted Curiosities’ Guide To Duping Goth Kids And Twilight Fans
August 15, 2013

Man Slits Seven-Year-Old Son’s Throat Before Drinking His Blood
August 17, 2013

Dnash (Fangsmith) On The Road – Real Vampire Life
August 18, 2013

Did Jay-Z And Beyoncé Attend A Bloody Hermann Nitsch-Style ‘Action’ In Cuba?
August 19, 2013

Brisbane Court Jails Man For 12 Years Over Internet Sex Offenses – VampireFreaks
August 20, 2013

Five Minutes – Vampyrium Blog
August 24, 2013

Vampire Ohne Bis(s) – Mark Benecke – Germany
August 25, 2013

Anti-Community Or Anti-C***ola – Vampyrium Blog
August 26, 2013

Ontological Rebellion & Religious Dimensions Of The Otherkin Community – Academic Paper Now Available Online – Joseph Laycock, PhD

Vampires As An Identity Group – Academic Paper Now Available Online – Joseph Laycock, PhD